The pregnancy glow is not just a sentimental old wives tale term but rather actually has strong biological bases. This change in a pregnant mother’s complexion is due to chemical changes which are occurring in the mother during pregnancy. An increased volume of blood and circulation results in the cheeks taking on an attractive blush, due to the numerous blood vessels just below the surface. In addition to this redness of the skin, increased secretions of the oil glands give the skin a waxy sheen. These changes in complexion are similar to those that non-pregnant people experience when their heart rate increases dramatically.

Unfortunately, pregnancy can often cause several other changes to the mother’s complexion which are not as desirable including: pimply eruptions, heat rashes, skin tags, spider veins, red palms and soles, and dark areas appearing larger and darker.

Melasma or Chlosma is another common skin condition which can occur due to pregnancy. Nearly 50% of pregnant women experience at least minor signs of melasma which is often referred to as the mask of pregnancy. Melasma’s symptoms include brownish or yellowish patches which appear most commonly on the forehead, upper cheeks, nose, and chin. Brunettes and women with a darker skin complexion may also notice darkened circles, resembling eye shadow, around their eyes.

These symptoms most often occur during the second trimester and are a direct result of increase pigmentation due to your body producing an abundance of hormones. The pregnancy hormones estrogen and progesterone stimulate the melanin cells in the skin to produce more pigment, yet because these cells do not produce extra pigment uniformly, your facial skin may acquire a change that resembles a blotchy tan. The symptoms of melasma are most common to the hormonal effects which often occur due to the consumption of oral contraceptives.

In order to prevent melasma, try your best to avoid exposure to the sun since your skin is extra sensitive and the sun increases your chances of these dark spots showing up on your face. If you have to go outside, it is a good practice to wear a good sunscreen and perhaps a hat to guard your face. More importantly, be very careful before treating melasma since many skin creams and ointments can contain chemicals which can be potential harmful to your developing baby. Always consult a physician or midwife before applying any skin treatment solutions.

Pregnancy Conscious Products - Melasma:

Amalou Skin® was founded by moms who experienced skin issues like acne and melasma during pregnancy, but couldn’t find maternity safe treatment products and decided to do something about it. Along the way, we gained a heightened awareness of ingredient-safety and put that knowledge into action with a team of experts who helped us create maternity safe  products that help women look and feel more beautiful, pregnant or not.

When used together, our pregnancy safe products compose an effective skin-clearing regimen with none of the usual acne or melasma-fighting ingredients that may be contra-indicated during pregnancy-- but that are prevalent in facial care products. No benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, retinoids, hydroquonine, parabens, phlalates, sulfates, or fragrance – just great ingredients in a full line of products that will help keep your skin clean and hydrated while reducing the appearance of blemishes and discoloration. 

Our products contain azelaic acid which may help reduce the appearance of discoloration that comes with melasma.  However if you suffer from melasma, the best way to address worsening of that condition is to avoid the sun, wear lots and lots of sunscreen at all times, and always wear a hat when you are outdoors.

Our line contains four pregnancy conscious products:

REVEAL Exfoliating Face Wash, with tea tree oil, chamomile and azelaic acid

PRIME Detoxifying Tonic, which is Alcohol-free with natural antiseptics, antioxidants and azelaic acid

GLOW Balancing Moisturizer, with peptides, tea tree oil and azelaic acid

RESTORE Night Treatment, with azelaic acid and hydrogen peroxide

Our products were developed with the help of industry experts including cosmetic chemists, dermatologist & OBGYNs. 

We also observed independent environmental and consumer advocacy groups to help us select the best combination of ingredients for pregnancy.  All Amalou Skin products have been clinically tested in an independent, FDA registered laboratory for industry-standard tests. All of our products are dermatologist and allergy tested  and are safe for sensitive skin.